A story of racism, injustice, hopelessness - yet ultimately redemption. Gaines' novel is one that contains themes and elements that are timeless, and worthy of consideration in any middle to senior English classroom.
This product is everything I used (and a few things I simply didn't get time to use) in class this past year, and my students got a lot out of it - and they approached it with
The zip file has a focus on hand-outs, printables and class discussion and activities. Also a full PPT on the various characters with questions for each is included.
It is a full unit, with assessment options, and all areas covered.
Included in this zip file are:
- Character analysis PowerPoint presentation
- Contextual/historical/social issues related to the novel (questions and reading)
- Chapter questions and tasks
- Close passage analysis (using TEEL, which is explained)
- Extended reading tasks using poetry from the era
- Character conflict table task
- Key quotes task for the major characters
- Key events in the plot, a table task
- General discussion questions
- Advanced discussion questions
- Historical parallels questions
- Differentiated learning tasks, which include storyboard creation, film review, role playing, comic strip creation, brochure creation, creative writing from character perspectives.
For assessment, two options are presented (though elements of these could easily be used in lessons as stand alone tasks), and these are:
1. A standard essay response section, which includes a sample essay response, 12 sample essay questions, an essay scaffolding (planning) grid, and assessment criteria
2. A differentiated "points" based assessment, wherein the students choose from a variety of tasks that appeal to different learning styles in order for them to achieve the required number of points. This task includes detailed character analysis, creative illustration, creative writing (poetry and rap), music creation, exploring current events, higher order thinking tasks, creative performance and quoting tasks. Also included in this is a criteria.
A fine text, and we wish you well in the unit.
PS. Also included are the standard Raven Hall assessment sheets, as MS Word documents so you can change them easily. These have generic place holder names (for school name, novel/text name and author, and assessment title, for example) to demonstrate the formatting. Delete these and insert the relevant information for your school. The aspects to change for updating are in red.